Every cake needs some frosting. Every ice cream sundae needs a cherry. And every timber frame home interior, once it’s planned and built, needs decorating.
We recommend thinking about decorating your home before you start designing it so that you can work with our architect to incorporate important decor features into your final design.
Here are a few tips to steer you in the right direction:
Let there be light! Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when designing your home. It determines the overall mood of your home, ultimately affecting your health and lifestyle.
When discussing natural lighting, our architect will determine where to orient the different rooms in the home design based on how the sun travels throughout the day. Woodhouse’s head architect, Diana Allen, says:
“The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Typically, you would want your bedrooms to be where the sun rises to allow the natural light to help you wake up in the morning. If you live in a cold climate, you will want to place your living spaces where the sun is hottest in the day to take advantage of natural heating. In the evening, you will want to place the porches in locations that will take advantage of the sunset.”
Timber Frames are designed to take advantage of natural lighting from the sun, but in the evening the spaces can become quite dark. When designing your home, it is important to wash the frame with accent lighting, which is typically done by installing up-lighting. Additionally, lamps at the floor level, hanging lanterns, and table top lights will create mood lighting. Remember to install lighting to showcase your most prized pieces to help put focus on the items.
The Personal Touch
Everyone who visits wants a tour of your home, but what they really want to see is you. It’s important to use this opportunity to put a little of yourself into the home design. Do you have an important piece of art that has been passed down through generations in your family? A favorite view from your property? Planning to have animals on your farm that you need to keep an eye on?
Your regional project manager will ask you questions like these to make sure that we design the home to orient the spaces to what is most important to you. When you start to plan with our architect, we will send you a questionnaire to ensure that we discover all of the details of your dream before we get started.
As the home design, you can start asking yourself questions such as: Do you have a favorite color? Are you a person who loves prints? This can drive the selection of what goes on your walls, rugs, throw blankets, and overall design of your home down the road.
Think Global, Decorate Local
Your new timber framed home shouldn’t just duplicate another residence. Let it shine with its own identity. Like any art form, the style of a home has specific elements that make the design what it is based on regional geography, historical time periods, and modern design trends. You can take pieces of these elements and incorporate them into the design of your dream home.
When you are planning the design of your home, it is important to understand that you can moderate a style of home to fit in the region that you choose. In other words, it is okay to build an Adirondack style home in the Berkshires with additional elements of a Great Camp style home.
After your home is built, you can choose your regional decorations accordingly. Remember that vintage ski equipment adds a timelessness to any ski chalet, so who’s to say that you might not want to mirror the local surroundings of your timber framed home with local signs, local woods or local artists’ sculptures and paintings?
Indoor Plants – Bring the outside indoor
It’s nice to bring a little of the tranquility of the great outdoors inside with plants. They can add a dash of color or a breath of life to any surrounding. Be sure to go bold and sturdy. You want plants that add value but don’t take too much of your time, or demand daily attention.
Furniture- Functional, but with Style
Of course, some of the biggest decisions will revolve around furniture. Finding the right style and comfort – without overwhelming your rooms – is that tricky tightrope you need to walk.
When you start to design your home, it is important for the architect to understand what important furniture is coming with you so that she can incorporate it into the overall design. Have an antique chest that will need to go in your master bedroom under a window? Our architect will need to know the size of this piece to make sure that she designs the window high enough from the ground.
And while timber homes can be the very best spots for friends and family to gather together, everyone needs a little space too. Be sure to select furniture works to bring everyone together naturally, but can also provide a cozy corner to which everyone can retreat.
Did you know that Woodhouse creates furniture specific to your Timber Frame homes? Contact us to learn about our custom and pre-designed furniture.
It is important for us to understand what your dream home looks like, as it is our job to interpret your dream and turn it into a reality. This is your year to make your dream home a reality. Let’s get started – contact us to learn more!